State Police Urging People to Check Vacation Homes

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People who own a vacation home up north might want to take a drive this weekend.

Michigan State Police are urging seasonal home owners to check their property after severe flooding in Newaygo and Osceola county over the last couple of weeks.

"We are encouraging property owners to either check on their vacation homes or ask someone do so for them to ensure it is safe and secure," said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD).

Properties along the Baldwin, Chippewa, Hersey, Manistee, Muskegon, Pere Marquette, Pine, Tittabawassee and Tobacco rivers have seen water damage caused by the flooding, especially those along rivers in Newaygo and Osceola counties. By checking on properties, owners can verify if damage has occurred and take steps to begin recovery, if needed.

Governor Rick Snyder declared the areas a "state of disaster" on April 17. Volunteers from several states are already there helping clear debris and clean-up damage.

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